source: The Flexible Chef

11 Post-Workout Stretch Songs

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After hitting a hard workout, the first thing you probably want to do is crash, but before that, you should take a minute to cool down and stretch those muscles you just worked. Many people don't realize the importance of stretching before and after a workout, so they skip it altogether. Stretching after exercise helps to loosen up joints and muscles so they don't get tight. According to Active, “regular stretching helps improve flexibility, increases the range of motion and reduces the risk of injury caused by lesions of the connective tissue.” Regularly including it in your routine is also the way to go for increasing or maintaining mobility and flexibility as you age. And since we believe in making fitness fun, here are 11 songs to help you wind down and relax while you stretch:

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Visit Active for 16 Post-Workout Static Stretches to try while listening to our playlist after your next sweat session, and tell us your favorite stretches and/or songs to stretch to in the comments below!

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